Continuing Education


What is CES?

The AIA/CES mission is to support members in mastering new knowledge and skills in order to meet the changing requirements of the profession and to responsibly meet the role society entrusts to architects. CES supports its continuing education mission through its Approved Provider Program, which consists of a network of AIA/CES Approved Providers. AIA/CES hopes to inspire and guide Approved Providers to consistently deliver quality education courses for architects.

The Continuing Education System was developed by the AIA to:

1. Support life-long professional learning for AIA Members

2. Record member Participation in education for AIA membership

3. Provide members opportunities to meet their MCE requirements 

View State Licensing Board MCE Requirements Interactive Map

What is an AIA Provider?

AIA/CES Approved Providers are organizations that have been approved by AIA/CES to provide continuing education in accordance with the policies outlined in the Provider Manual. Approved Providers include architecture firms and stakeholder providers, which include associations, government agencies, product manufacturers, and universities. In addition, AIA Components and AIA National in-house departments are also AIA/CES providers.

Information for Providers

Member Transcript Service

AIA Members have access to a transcript service recognized by many state licensing boards as proof of attendance of continuing education activities. The transcript includes name of the course, course number, link to a course description, provider, date of course, number of credits, and types of credits. If you are interested in becoming a member, and gain access to the transcript service, please contact AIA Membership at 800-242-3837 option 2.

Course Directory

Design professionals review the course directory for information about approved Providers. Many state licensing boards include language in their administrative rules that most if not all AIA registered courses will be approved for licensure renewal. More information about individual states’ licensing requirements is available on the State Licensing Board MCE requirements map. For more information about the Provider Program, please contact AIA Member Care CES staff at 800-242-3837 option 3.




In addition to attending monthly AIA San Fernando Valley Chapter programs and events, more recommendations on the best ways to maintain your yearly CES requirements follow:

Stay Informed

  • Check ‘Elevations’ the AIA San Fernando Valley Chapter newsletter and the referenced CES opportunities.
  • Read the CES Survival Guide for a basic overview of CES guidelines and requirements.

Get Involved

  • Join an AIA San Fernando Valley Chapter committee.
  • Attend the AIA National Convention and Expo, or visit AIA National and AIA California Council for events taking place outside of the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles Area.

Online Education

Self Report
Submit an online self-report form to:

  • Record time spent researching new knowledge for projects, committees, presentations, political activities, courses taught, or any other purpose.
  • Record attendance at relevant lectures and courses at museums and other organizations that are not AIA/CES providers.
  • Report your learning opportunities when you travel.
  • Report up to 2 LUs per year for volunteer service on committees, boards, and other projects promoting the architecture profession. Call AIA San Fernando Valley’s Chapter office for more opportunities.

Track Your Progress
Not sure how many LUs you’ve earned so far?
Use your member number to access your online CES transcript.


Confused about AIA CES requirements? Visit AIA National FAQ page